Title

Sociological effects of trauma and crisis on immigrant women in the United States : effects of previous trauma experiences on the coping behavior of women immigrants to the United States

Publication Date

1-1-2004

Degree Name

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

Nora Femenia

Abstract

This study examines trauma and crises experienced by immigrant women in the U.S. The purpose of this study is to give voice to immigrant women who are marginalized in the U.S. and not heard. All are self-selected informants and they answered thirty-three questions grouped into three sets of questions: first, trauma and crises experienced in the home country; second, this experience in the U.S., and the third, their reflection about healing and safe space. The informants were asked to examine how they look at trauma, if this is what they said they experienced, and what steps they took toward understanding their behavioral and emotional reactions. The focus is on the depth of stories they narrated, the emotions they described, and the view of the world they acquired through those traumatic experiences. The primary trauma, experienced in the home country, and secondary trauma, defined as experiences in the U.S. after immigrating to this country are compared in order to come up with hypotheses that guide us toward understanding, in depth, the lives of immigrant women. The purpose of this study is to test hypotheses about trauma in populations of immigrant women and publish a handout with a training protocol to help immigrant women heal, live and prosper beyond the experience of trauma.

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